08 - Warm Up

My Warm Up:

  • Tune/long tones on open strings (2-3 mins)
  • Slow scale (10 mins)
  • Shifting Drill (2-3 mins)
  • 4-note progressive scale or Shiftless Scales in Thumb Position (5 mins)

Key Elements of a Good Warm Up:

  • Tuning/Simple movements
  • Scales/Arpeggios
  • Shifting/Intonation Work
  • Exercise/excerpt practicing both left hand & right hand velocity


Use the worksheet for this lesson and the ideas you wrote down for each area in the last lesson to brainstorm a warm up for yourself. You can also use some of the resources from lesson 5 in the last section to come up with ideas.

Come up with 3 different warm ups with all drastically different exercises.

Bonus: Make each warm up a different length of time (i.e. 5 minutes, 15 minutes, and 25 minutes). Doing this prevents you from skipping your warmup because you don’t have enough time.

08. F Major Slow Scale.pdf
08. Warm Up Worksheet.pdf
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